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NCC Officials Share Best Practices at SACSCOC Meeting

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Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, right, and Dean of Transfer and Learning Resources Deana Guido present at SACSCOC Meeting.

Nash Community College leaders presented to peers at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 2016 Annual Meeting Program held in Atlanta, Georgia December 3‐6. The SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees. The conference theme was “Higher Education at the Crossroads: Pathways to Equity and Excellence”.

NCC President Dr. Bill Carver, Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Trent Mohrbutter and Dean of Transfer and Learning Resources Deana Guido shared best practices in their presentation titled “Pedagogy Matters: How High‐Engagement Instructional Strategies and a Common Vernacular Improved Classroom and Campus Culture”.

“During our session we talked about how Nash Community College implemented a campus‐wide professional development plan, which included a common instructional language and established a framework of continuous improvement both in the classroom and across the campus,” Dr. Trent Mohrbutter said. The presentation was designed for instructors, instructional administrators, and individuals serving in roles responsible for student learning and success. “From philosophical chairs to Cornell notes and other proven methods of instruction, Nash Community College has been on a journey to prepare faculty for the millennial learner,” Mohrbutter said.

In the spring of 2016 Nash Community College announced its certification as one of only two National Demonstration Sites for Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Higher Education (AHE). NCC worked with AHE to develop and implement a common instructional language.

“In 2012, Nash Community College embarked on a campus-wide, strategic professional development plan via AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) for Higher Education. Being a part of this paradigm shift is one of the most significant and rewarding endeavors in which I have ever participated. The nature of higher education is changing rapidly and community college leaders must be change agents. Whether we like it or not, millennials bring a different expectation of learning to campus. NCC has set into motion a strategic vision implementing action steps aimed at graduating every student. Bringing faculty together from across the campus on a regular basis to identify barriers and build toward student success altered the trajectory of this campus, and the best is yet to come,” Deana Guido said.​